Create Your Coalition Webinar

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September 10, 2018

In 2017, Americans for the Arts conducted research to illuminate effective practices of emerging and veteran leaders in the field of arts education to explore strategies toward broadening and diversifying the leadership pipeline.  The research was intended to inform the development of programming to assist in skill building for intergenerational dialogue, and to support the concept of cyclical mentorship among new and seasoned leaders in the arts education field. The research revealed five key themes, and this webinar will focus on the skills necessary for CREATING YOUR COALITION.

Learning Objective:

  • Explore the findings of ‘Cyclical Mentorship in Arts Education Leadership’ research;
  • Illuminate existing tools and resources in the nonprofit, arts, and education sectors to hone skills in this area; and
  • Hear strong examples and cogent advice from emerging and veteran leaders in the arts education field.

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Jeff M. Poulin

Arts Education Program Manager, Americans for the Arts  

Jeff M. Poulin leads the Arts Education Program at American for the Arts, where he works to advance local, state, and federal policies supportive of equitable access to arts education throughout the United States. In his role, Jeff trains over 10,000 people annually, publishes research and policy analysis, manages strategic partnerships, and leads networks of stakeholders.

With over a decade of experience as a performer, teaching artist, education researcher, and arts administrator, Jeff’s work is grounded in social justice and seeks transformative policy solutions to society’s most-challenging problems. Jeff is widely published, serves as a reviewer for grant and research panels, and speaks to audiences across the country and around the globe.

Jeff hails from Portland, Maine is a fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts (UK). He holds degrees in arts management, cultural policy, and education from Oklahoma City University, University College Dublin, and the University of Glasgow.  


Libby Lai-Bun Chiu

Adjunct Lecturer, Master of Arts Administration Program, Goucher College

Veteran Leader in Arts Education

Libby Chiu is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Goucher College Master of Arts Administration program, teaching three courses: International Arts Policy, Arts Education, and Grantsmanship. In 2015, Libby was appointed by Governor Mike Pence as a Commissioner of the Indiana Arts Commission.

Libby was most recently Chief of Staff at the Illinois Arts Council where she also managed the Arts and Foreign Language grants program, and was co-designer and project director of the Education Leaders Institute, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts begun in 2007. Her past executive leadership service includes Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education, Harris Theater Chicago, The Boston Conservatory, Massachusetts Council on the Arts and Humanities, and Boston Public Schools. She was the co-founder and co-designer of Boston's first arts high school, the Boston Arts Academy. She designed and led the professional development series at Wayne Centre for the Arts in Wooster, Ohio.

She is a frequent speaker, facilitator and panelist for local and national agencies including many state arts agencies, the National Endowment for the Arts, Southeast Asian Women Conference and, Berklee College of Music City Music National Conference. She is active in community service for organizations including the Corporate Responsibility Group of Chicago, the Asians American and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, and the Boston Dragon Boat Festival Committee, the last since its founding in 1979. She was the first Chairman of the Boston Human Rights Commission.

Libby is bilingual in Chinese and English, and has over 30 years training in dance.


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